‘Blair Witch’ promises true terror

Thursday, 15 September 2016 - 12:19

“The Blair Witch Project” revolutionized horror films 17 years ago with its handheld camera – yes, that was once rare – simple plotting and implicit dangers left unexplained.

“Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2” so thoroughly ruined the concept that it collapsed at the box office and drove director Joe Berlinger back into documentaries forever.

We are back on shaky ground, both visually and psychologically, in “Blair Witch.” While it doesn’t recapture the black magic of the original, it delivers the requisite terror in the last half-hour after a slow and ambiguous start.